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Dave Stewart's Fishing Report

Written by Dave Stewart | Originally published 11/27/2002

Kentucky Lake:  Headwater Elevation - 354.86   Surface Temperature - 53

Lake Barkley:  Headwater Elevation - 354.65  Surface Temperature - 53
Water temperatures are dropping with the cold snap we have had here over the past few days.  Water temperatures are varying on the lakes from 50 to 53 degrees with lower temperatures in the shallow water early in the morning. The water levels are becoming more stable now although there is still some noticeable current.  

The Largemouth Bass are still being taken in the bays as they are feeding on schools of shad and some Largemouth are now being taken in numbers on the main lake primary and secondary points.  The Largemouth in the bays are now primarily being taken on secondary points and along the creek channels near wood cover on crankbaits and spinnerbaits.  This is an indication that the Largemouth are starting to move back toward the main lake.  The Largemouth on the main lake are being taken on crankbaits, Texas rigged tubes, and jignpig.  
The Smallmouth Bass are being taken on main lake primary and secondary pea gravel points.  The Smallmouth bite is still being reported as only fair for this time of year.  These fish are being taken on Texas rigged tubes and jignpig.  
Some of the productive lures reported this week are:  Xwire spinnerbaits in blue glimmer, Strike King Pro Model spinnerbaits in white, Fishco crankbaits in grey ghost, Rapala Shad Raps in shad patterns, Snoozer tubes in road kill cammo and watermelon burst, and Stanley Jigs in watermelon and green pumpkin.  
Good catches of crappie are still being reported on both lakes with most reports of these fish being taken in 10-15 ft of water vertically fishing jigs and minnows over brush piles.  There have been some reports of Crappie being caught in 4-6 ft of water around wood cover using tubes and minnows under bobbers.  
There are some reports of Sauger being caught near the mouths of the canal on white curly tail jigs tipped with minnows.  These fish are being reported in the 20-30 ft range.
Although the Bluegill action has started to slow, there are still some active fish being caught along rocky creek channel banks and around docks with wood cover using worms under bobbers.  
The weather forecast for this weekend shows a slight warming trend with highs around 50 degrees.  This would be a good time to take advantage of the long weekend and get that late fall fishing trip in.   Be careful on the water as hypothermic conditions exist.  Make sure you let someone know where you will be fishing and when you expect to return.  Take a change of dry clothes and a survival kit with you when venturing out in cold water conditions.  
Now is the time to start planning your next spring fishing trips.  If possible, you should make your reservations now for lodging and guides to get the dates and accommodations you desire next spring.  A guided fishing trip makes a great Christmas present for the avid angler.  You can purchase a guided fishing trip gift certificate by dropping me an email or giving me a call.  
Wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend and don't forget our service men and women serving overseas when you  give your thanks for all the blessings we have.    

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